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Barbara Hendel

On the Town: Pawvillion brings together good food, good friends, good cause

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    People listen to speakers during the PawVillion event.

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    Chris and Annie Batch during the PawVillion event Thursday. The benefit for the Toledo Area Humane Society raised over $60,000.

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    Jarod Mathewson and Megan Newcomer with Otis during PawVillion.

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    Philip and Shelly Kennedy during the PawVillion.

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    Allan and Susan Block during this year's PawVillion fund-raiser for the Toledo Area Humane Society.

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    Left to right: Kim Kearns, Doug Kearns, John Slavens, Marianne Ballas during PawVillion.

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    Jeanie Hylant and Tom McHugh during PawVillion.

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    Nancy Miller and Mike Mikkonen during PawVillion.

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    Susan Ello, Merle Pheasant, Judi Uhrman, and Kathy Traynor during this year's PawVillion Thursday, September 28, 2017, in Toledo.

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    Rick and Andrea Youssef during PawVillion.

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    Left to right: Barbara Benham, Jim Moore, Tim Valko, and Kathleen Ryan during PawVillion, a fund-raiser for the Toledo Area Humane Society.

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    Ralph Sampson and Stephenie White during PawVillion.

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    Bill Adler and Sara Moulton during PawVillion.

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    From left: Lee Braatz, Johnnie Foster, Dennis Rudnicki and Vincent Lamarr Smith at the Aurora Golf Classic presented by Owens Corning at Toledo Country Club. Joe Rychnovsky, a local sportscaster who died in July after battling a rare and aggressive cancer, had been scheduled to be the event's honorary chairman.

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    From left: Mike Aston, Andy Molyneux, and Paul Matthiesen at the Aurora Golf Classic at Toledo Country Club.

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    K.C. Weikart, left; Janet Rychnovsky, Kevin Koprowski, and Rick Poland at the Aurora Golf Classic at Toledo County Club. Janet Rychnovsky is the widow of Joe Rychnovsky, who died in July after battling a rare and aggressive cancer and had been scheduled to be the event's honorary chairman.

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    Golfers head out to their starting tees at Toledo Country Club.

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    From left: Denise Fox, Aurora House executive director; Robert Robinson, president of the board, with Ann Malak, and Erin Caldwell, both with Owens Corning, at the Aurora Golf Classic.

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    From left: Nicholas Cron, Suzanne Belot Norton, Russell Miller, and Jonathan Sheehan at the inaugural Charline's Champions Golf Outing.

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    From left: Craig Marlow, Lee English, Tom McHugh, John Underwood during the 20th Annual George Mancy Memorial Golf Outing.

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    Mountain Mentors President and Toledo Police Officer Jeremie Barclay with his sons, Evan, left, and Samuel, at Riverby Hills Golf Club.

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    Jason and Jodi Maczuga Smith at the 9 and Wine Fore Autism golf scramble at Stone Oak Country Club, with proceeds benefitting the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism.

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    From left: Brad and Christine Tyo, with Joe Scarfi at the 9 and Wine Fore Autism golf scramble at Stone Oak Country Club.

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    Jim and Erin Burnor at the 9 and Wine Fore Autism golf scramble at Stone Oak Country Club, with proceeds benefitting the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism.

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    Sgt. Sean McGrew and Morgan McGrew and his dog Sandy Paws during the Putts Fur Mutts Golf Outing and Putt Putt Event to benefit the Puppy Rescue Mission.

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    Dan Drewyor, left, Samantha Korsog and Joanna Fry during Putts Fur Mutts to benefit the Puppy Rescue Mission.

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    Lauren and Ray Knight and their dog King during the Putts Fur Mutts Golf Outing and Putt Putt Event to benefit the Puppy Rescue Mission.

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    Rick Borkowski, left, and Ronnie Borkowski during the Putts Fur Mutts Golf Outing and Putt Putt Event.

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    Paul Merkel, left, of Chicago, co-Chair Jill Borkowski, center, and Linda Merkel, right, during the Putts Fur Mutts Golf Outing and Putt Putt Event.

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    Arianna Williams, Travis Huelsebusch and his dog Sky Weasel, and Pete Huelsebusch.

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    The prize for best-themed golf cart went to Dick and Deb Lantz, left, and Dave and Linda Schmidt at the 21st Rally for the Cure at Stone Oak Country Club.

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    Ian Reyes, left, and Anthony Thetsourinthone at the 21st Rally for the Cure at Stone Oak Country Club.

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    From left: Bill Dodds, Sandra McKinstray, Tom Sollars, and Robert Alexander at the Toledo Ballet's Tutu Golf Classic at Stone Oak Country Club.

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    From left: Sarah Churchill, Aaron Churchill, Paul Kwapich, and Tom Skilliter at the Toledo Ballet's Tutu Golf Classic at Stone Oak Country Club.

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    From left: Ryan Dubendorfer, Ann Malak, Michael Schneider, and Matt Nichols at the Toledo Ballet's Tutu Golf Classic at Stone Oak Country Club.

PAWVILLION to benefit the Toledo Area Humane Society featuring celebrity chef Sara Moulton at Tantara Farm, the home of Susan and Allan Block, chairman of Block Communications Inc., parent company of The Blade, raised at least $60,000.

Cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres were in the front lawn under shade trees that held sparkling chandeliers. Gadding were Tom McHugh and Jeannie Hylant, Barbara Oostra, Kathleen Ryan, John and Dalia Longthorne, Meg Ressner, Marianne Ballas and John Slavens, Mary Saddemi, Patrick and Ellen Wise, Mary Lou and Phil Rudolph, Jr., mayoral candidate Wade Kapszukiewicz, and board chairman Tim Bublick and wife Peggy.

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Chris and Annie Batch during the PawVillion event Thursday. The benefit for the Toledo Area Humane Society raised over $60,000.

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Emcee Steve Heaven, Toledo Area Humane Society president and CEO, welcomed everyone. Mrs. Block introduced special guest Otis, a rescued pit bull adopted by Megan Newcomer and Jarod Mathewson. “Tonight’s event is for the animals!” said a tearfully emotional Mrs. Block, who has three rescue dogs, three rescue cats, and three rescue pigs.

Before the auction by Richard Leonard and Rick Kiger started, chef Moulton, a Julia Child protege who is host of public television’s Sara’s Weeknight Meals, said she is impressed with Toledo. She visited the Toledo Museum of Art and ate at Tony Packo’s, where she signed a bun. Auctioned off were two sets of her four cookbooks, including the recently published Home Cooking 101: How to Make Everything Taste Better. Susan Ello went home with a set.

Also up for auction were a three-month Lexus of Toledo lease, in-home dining with chef Scott Pierce of Tree City Catering, who assisted with the evening’s excellent edibles, and a Pet of the Year 2018 offer. Jim Moore and Mrs. Block tied, so their rescue dogs will be in the limelight next year. Raise Your Paw to donate raised more than $14,000, which was matched by Mr. and Mrs. Block.

The fabulous feast for 200 was indoors and outside under chandelier-lit tents next to the lighted pool. Seen were Michael Henry, Shelly and Brent Rice, Julie and Craig Hagenbuch, Dr. Tom and Traci Schwann, Dr. Ameer and Megan Kabour, Erika and Tim Yoder, Rick and Andrea Youssef, and chef Moulton’s husband, Bill Adler.

Mmm! Shrimp and scallop terrine on butter lettuce with avocado, sunflower seeds and grapefruit vinaigrette, red wine-braised beef short ribs with scalloped potatoes and roasted brussels sprouts, and french apple tart with caramel ice cream.

Also seen were Jeff and Alyce Juby, event chairman, Teresa and Larry Beebe, Dr. BJ Wood, Phillip and Shelly Kennedy, and Dr. Susan and Tim Pontius and Dr. Tom and Deb Mowery.

Appetites sated, a lighted driveway led guests past the lighted tennis courts to the valet. Parting gifts were doggie biscuits by Penta Career Center Culinary Arts II students.

Thanks go to the 20-some sponsors including the Walter E. Terhune Memorial Fund KeyBank, Telesystem, Buckeye Broadband, The Blade, HCR ManorCare, Block Communications Inc., VCA, and many others.

GOLF events raised funds for charity right up into the first week or so of fall.

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Sgt. Sean McGrew and Morgan McGrew and his dog Sandy Paws during the Putts Fur Mutts Golf Outing and Putt Putt Event to benefit the Puppy Rescue Mission.

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PUTTS Fur Mutts Golf Outing and Putt Putt Event to benefit the Puppy Rescue Mission raised $20,000, according to event chairmen Jill Borkowski and Melissa Cogar.

Honored guests were TSgt. Sean McGrew and his dog Sandy Paws, Travis Huelsebusch and his dog Sky Weasel, and Lauren and Ray Knight and their dog King.

The event, at Bedford Hills Golf Club, included contests, games, raffles, Panera Bread bagels, Biggby coffee, a dessert bar for humans, doggie bags for pets, Best Buy “Tail” Gate area with big-screen TVs for football, a silent auction, and dinner by Outback Steakhouse Toledo.

THE 20th annual George Mancy Memorial Invitational Golf Outing at Highland Meadows Golf Club raised more than $10,000, bringing the total since its inception to more than $250,000 for the Anne Grady Services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. After golf, dinner was at Shorty’s Back Forty.

John Mancy, Lee English, and the Mancy family received a proclamation from Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson. John Mancy, Sr., passed on the care of the golf outing to his sons and nephews, including Gus Mancy, chairman, and co-chairmen Mike Mancy and Nick Mancy. Emcee Candace Bishop, led the raffle and silent auction.

Top teams were Waterford Bank (first), Telesystem (second), Heidelberg Distributing Co. (third), and John Walsh (fourth).

STONE Oak Country Club’s 21st Rally for the Cure raised $9,500 for the Susan G Komen Northwest Ohio Toledo Race for the Cure. That brings the total since the event’s inception to more than $200,000.

Event chairmen were Kim Hamilton, Linda Wooddell, Barb Malhoit, Marilyn Bender, Sue Westerheide, Anita Melby, and Chris Hall.

OTHER golf events: 

• 9 and Wine Fore Autism golf scramble at Stone Oak Country Club — $50,000 for the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism.

• Charlie’s Champions inaugural golf outing at the Legacy — more than $10,000 in memory of Charline Harbaugh for the Northern Ohio Chapter of the ALS Association.

• 24th annual Aurora Golf Classic presented by Owens Corning at Toledo Country Club in honor of the late Joe Rychnovsky — $10,000 for Aurora Project Inc.

• Toledo Ballet’s Tutu Golf Classic at Stone Oak Country Club — more than $4,500.

• Joe Dowdell Memorial Summer Solstice Golf Marathon presented by Cooper Smith at Highland Meadows — $4,300 for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Toledo Area Humane Society, and the Sylvania Northview Hockey Team.

• Tee Off For Teal Karen Creque Golf Memorial at the Legacy Golf Club for Ovarian Cancer Connection— $15,000.

• Tee It Up for Kids at the Legacy Golf Club — raised$2,000 for Diabetes Youth Services.

• Veterans Education Fund Golf Outing at Heather Downs Country Club — supports the George E. Prokos Veterans Education Fund, which gives $5,000 each year to a veteran for education.

• Mountain Mentors golf event at Riverby Hills Golf Club — $14,000.

Contact Barbara Hendel at bhendel@theblade.com or 419-724-6124.

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